Health Fact Corner from the Saint James Health Ministry:

Crystal Richburg Oliver, Ministry Leader

 Did you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?


Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women and that men can develop breast cancer also? Risk factors such as gender, age, and inherent breast cancer genes, cannot be avoided and can place one at a greater possibility, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop the disease. But there are some lifestyle changes that you can develop to reduce your risk. Embracing a healthier lifestyle of avoiding tobacco products, minimizing alcohol intake, keeping a healthy body weight and being physically active can benefit in prevention. Suggested dietary changes consist of eating 2 ½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day, choosing whole grain products and limiting processed and red meats.


Early detection and treatment for average risk include:

Self- breast examinations (Women ages 20+)

Clinical breast examination (Women, ages 20’s & 30’s)

Annual Mammography (Women age 40+)


The goal of early screening is to find cancers before symptoms develop and spread to different places within the body. The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass, painful or painless. Follow up with a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.

Women at high risk: Strong family history of breast and or ovarian cancer, history of chest radiation therapy and the presence of breast cancer susceptible genes.

Annual screening using a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in addition to a Mammography (typically at age 30).

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEEDP) at 1-800-232-4636, helps low income, uninsured and underinsured women have access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.

Low-cost mammography in your area at 1-800-227-2345


Find support programs in your area that provide services and support in understanding and managing cancer. Through the American Cancer Society services are free. # 1-800-227-2345.

























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